Making The Most Out Of The Planning Stages For Your Next Vacation

Everyone needs time to totally recharge their batteries and relax and although at the moment many of us can't travel far we can still plan for the future. Planning like this helps us mentally to keep positive and look forward.  

Vacations are a time where we can forget about work commitments and truly enjoy the company of our nearest and dearest. We get to make incredible memories, spend quality time together, and just be reminded of the beauty of the world. However, booking your vacation and getting organised is not an easy thing to do. So I wanted to share with you my top tips for getting it right. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can make the most out of planning your next vacation and travel when it's safe to do so.

Take time to really research the destination

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When it comes to a vacation, prioritise what really matters to you and make a list. You may want sunny weather, a short plane journey, great entertainment and fabulous accommodation. So research what you want, it's as simple as that and the Internet and guide books are your friend. Try Tripadvisor and YouTube for hotel reviews, blog posts for itineraries and guide books for the history of the area. It
all depends on what you are after and the type of vacation you and your family want. This can actually be the fun part, the research, as you open up your mind to some of the most glorious destinations this world has to offer, and the exciting things you can do on vacation.

Think carefully about your budget

You may have big plans for your vacation but you also need to be practical. We all know money doesn't grow on trees, so it is time to consider how much money you really need or can spend on this vacation. This can help narrow down destinations and the type of accommodation you want but most importantly work out which you can afford. For example, Spain has a low cos
t of living compared to the UK while Iceland is much more expensive. This has implications on your budget for food and accommodation. Hotels can offer all-inclusive packages which can help on the spending money side of things, but equally self-catering options can provide you with more flexibility. Speaking about Spain, you can stay at beautiful and affordable LĂ­bere apartments in Bilbao and eat at local restaurants.

Compromises may have to be made, but if you cost your options up, then you can save money. Weigh up all of your options and price up every avenue to determine what is best for you and your family.

Plan and prepare in advance


Now you are all booked you can really start the planning process. From the itinerary of what you want to do when you get there, to planning what clothes to take and the packing. Don't forget to book the airport hotel and parking too. You should also think about things like luggage storage in your chosen location especially if you get to your destination early or want to make the most of your trip on your last day.  Careful planning means that there is no stressful rush at the last minute, and you can actually enjoy the lead-up to your vacation instead of worrying about the little details.

Make steps to switch off while you are away

Finally, take steps to ensure that you can enjoy your vacation time. Work hard to meet deadlines at work, and even consider having a social media and phone detox while you are away. It will work wonders for your mind and allow you to recharge the batteries for when you return. 

Let’s hope that these tips help you to book and plan the perfect vacation.

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